Development Director

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (CMS) is one of eleven constituents of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the largest performing arts complex in the world. The Chamber Music Society has its home in Alice Tully Hall – the finest hall in the world for chamber music. Through its performance, education, and recording/broadcast activities, it draws more people to chamber music than any other organization of its kind.

CMS seeks an exceptional Director of Development, a key executive position, to join the organization at an exciting time of institutional accomplishment and growth, as CMS heads into its 50th Anniversary season. Reporting to the Executive Director and serving as a member of the senior management team, the Director of Development will lead a staff of five in managing the full spectrum of fundraising initiatives: Trustee Relations; Major and Planned Giving; Foundation and Government Grants; Patrons and Friends Membership Programs; the CMS Global Council; Annual Patron Travel; Special Events, including the annual CMS Spring Gala; and assisting with the CMS’ 50th Anniversary Capital Campaign.

The Director of Development interfaces with every department of CMS to ensure that fundraising objectives are achieved through institution-wide collaboration, and the Director of Development represents the mission and goals of CMS to the Board, audience members, donors, prospects, corporate partners, and fellow constituent organizations of Lincoln Center.

CMS is a close-knit, congenial, and collaborative community. The successful candidate will be an individual with strong and sophisticated interpersonal skills; a creative and ambitious fundraiser with a strong track record in major, individual, institutional, and corporate fundraising; and will have demonstrated a deep appreciation of the performing arts. Candidates should have 7+ years of senior development experience, with a particular emphasis on identifying, cultivating, and soliciting Major Gifts, which is the centerpiece of CMS’ fundraising efforts. A passion for the chamber music art form is a plus.

Applications, including a cover letter and résumé, or nominations, should be submitted via e-mail to NO CALLS PLEASE.

Public Relations Manager

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center seeks a creative, high energy Public Relations Manager, with proven success achieving consistent high visibility for a classical arts or other not-for-profit institution, in both main stream and classical arts media across all platforms, to design and execute all public relations outreach for this premier international chamber music organization on the verge of its 50th anniversary season. This position works collaboratively with the Director of Marketing and the Director of Digital Content and reports to the Executive Director.


The Public Relations Manager designs and executes all phases of public relations strategy aimed at securing coverage for all concerts, national and international tours, recordings, and additional projects, in every form of available media. He/she serves as the primary liaison to the press, working closely with the Executive Director on the proper positioning of the institution, and with the Marketing Department to maximize and coordinate promotional strategies.


The successful candidate has knowledge and love of classical music, a broad network of contacts in traditional and online media, extensive experience in social media, blogs and other online outlets, excellent taste, sensitivity, great interpersonal skills, flourishes in a fast-paced environment, and is an accomplished writer and a collegial team player. He/she will have a minimum of 3-5 years communications experience in the classical music or other areas of the not-for-profit world.

Please send a cover letter and resume to NO CALLS PLEASE.